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Myrtleford Times - - News - Jade Cartwright

How long have you lived in Myrtleford?

I was born here and grew up in Buf­falo River. I left Myrtleford to pur­sue a ca­reer as a nurse, travel the world and ex­pe­ri­ence city life. My hus­band Adam and I re­turned to raise our kids here in 2003. Adam and I went to school to­gether and were both very keen to set­tle back with our girls. My parents live here and my Nan is here too. What is your job? I’ve been a Reg­is­tered Nurse for over 20 years. I spent the first half of my ca­reer work­ing in In­ten­sive Care. I moved in to the pri­mary health sec­tor in 2010, work­ing as a Dis­trict Nurse and then as a Chronic Dis­ease Co­or­di­na­tor in gen­eral prac­tice. I cur­rently work at Stan­dish Street Surgery and at Gate­way Health Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Wan­garatta. Adam and I also run an Elec­tri­cal Con­tract­ing busi­ness based here in Myrtleford.

What do you en­joy most about your job?

Work­ing as a nurse in gen­eral prac­tice is fantastic. I get to work as part of a team and ev­ery­one sup­ports each other. I see clients who have been di­ag­nosed with a chronic con­di­tion, this may be di­a­betes, heart dis­ease, lung dis­ease or arthri­tis. My role varies de­pend­ing on the client’s needs, health ed­u­ca­tion, co­or­di­na­tion, ac­cess to ser­vices and sup­ports. Each day brings some­thing dif­fer­ent and Stan­dish Street Surgery is an in­cred­i­bly busy prac­tice.

What brought you to this role?

Af­ter many years work­ing in the acute (hos­pi­tal) sys­tem I have be­come pas­sion­ate about com­mu­nity health and un­der­stand­ing the health needs of the com­mu­nity. The role of nurses in gen­eral prac­tice is evolv­ing, pa­tients are be­ing di­ag­nosed with life-long chronic con­di­tions which re­quire a whole team ap­proach.

Are you in­volved in any other groups or clubs around town?

I am a clin­i­cal ad­viser for the Mur­ray Pri­mary Health Net­work, this role al­lows me to con­sult on health is­sues rel­e­vant to our com­mu­nity and hope­fully lead to better ser­vices and sup­ports for com­mu­ni­ties. Un­til last year I ran the an­nual Daf­fodil Day stall here in Myrtleford which the com­mu­nity gives amaz­ing sup­port too. Our busi­ness pro­vides spon­sor­ship to lo­cal sport­ing clubs. What do you love about living in Myrtleford?

I love the scenery and ac­cess to the high plains. I love each sea­son and the pro­duce that comes with each one. I love driv­ing to work in 5 min­utes and my fam­ily living close by. I love be­ing able to take my kids for a drive and show­ing them where I grew up, swim­ming at Lake Buf­falo and walk­ing Re­form Hill. What is a sig­nif­i­cant cur­rent is­sue that Myrtleford faces?

Lack of con­sis­tent com­mu­nity men­tal health ser­vices and sup­ports. The cur­rent fund­ing schemes are short term and this leads to in­con­sis­tent care and dif­fi­culty keep­ing trained clin­i­cians in our area. Myrtleford residents of­ten have to travel for coun­selling and spe­cial­ist ser­vices such as psy­chi­a­try. There can also be large out of pocket costs which make ac­cess­ing sup­port near im­pos­si­ble for some mem­bers of our com­mu­nity. What’s the most sig­nif­i­cant world is­sue to you?

The chal­lenge of finding bal­ance and pace in what is now a fast, con­nected world. We are ex­posed to events hap­pen­ing anywhere, any time and it’s harder to find time to re­lax and zone out. This is­sue of so­cial me­dia and its ef­fect of our chil­dren is a big one for me, along with the con­stant ex­po­sure to sugar filled, pro­cessed foods which are lead­ing to so many long term health is­sues.

If you could get any­one in the world to come visit Myrtleford who would it be and what would you show them?

Jamie Fraser from the Se­ries Out­lander. I can see him wan­der­ing around our beau­ti­ful hills in his kilt - I’m a lit­tle obsessed.

COM­MU­NITY MINDED: Jade Cartwright, pic­tured with her daugh­ter Hay­ley, at the Myrtleford Daf­fodil Day fundraiser last year.

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